The sister of one of the six women found dead in a rural Oregon area has sounded the alarm over the grim results, though police have denied rumors of a serial killer.
Fears of a possible serial killer have triggered fear in the population Portland area after the bodies of six women were found within 100 miles of each other in recent months.
Investigators with the Portland police The Bureau has toned down online gossip about a serial killer linked to the deaths, saying it made no connection.
“These discussions have caused some concern and apprehension in our community, and we want to assure you that the speculation is not supported by the facts currently available,” the Portland Police Bureau said.
The bodies of the victims, all under the age of 40, were discovered on roadsides in remote wooded areas in and around the city.
The Portland Police Bureau has identified five women: Kristin Smith, 22, Joanna Speaks, 32, Bridget Webster, 31, Charity Perry, 24, and Ashley Real, 22.
The sixth victim, found in a tent in the Lents neighborhood of Portland, is said to be between 25 and 40 years old and may be Native American or Alaskan, according to police.
Speaks was found dead on April 8 in a barn on an abandoned lot in Ridgefield, Washington, about 22 miles north of Portland.
The 32-year-old’s death is the only case ruled a homicide, as a coroner determined she died from a blunt force injury to her neck and head.
Robyn Speaks, Joanna’s sister, expressed concern over the women’s deaths, saying, “The number is rising.”
“One way or another, women die. And the number is increasing.”
Robyn said investigators were helpful with her sister’s case.
She described her sister as “fun-loving and full of life,” but admitted she’s struggled with addiction and homelessness in recent years.
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